In 1960, the term ‘probiotic’ means ‘for life’ was coined for bacteria associated with beneficial effects for humans and animals.
Currently, probiotics are recognised as live cultures of bacteria which confer health beneficial.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines probiotics as “live microorganisms, which when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host”.
Due to the development of science and technology, probiotic micronisms (mainly from the genera Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium) are used to make probiotic foods (especially in fermented milk, powder preparation and drinks) for consumers.
These probiotics are perceived to play an important role in immunological, digestive, and respiratory functions as well as alleviating infectious disease in children.
Are these processed probiotics really beneficial to human body in the long run?
Time will tell. More research is needed in this area.
What ever it is, it is better to take natural probiotic than those processed ones.
What are these natural probiotics?
A good example is gut bacteria.
If you consume more health food, there will be more gut bacteria.